What to do when stretch marks leave a lasting impression
For nine months, you diligently rubbed cocoa butter on your
growing belly. Now a new mom, you think you made it through unscathed,
then suddenly (gasp) squiggly red lines appear. How did they get there?
Can you cure them? (You wish.) Conceal them? (You hope.) Read on for
everything you need to know about stretch marks.
Stretch mark specifics
Called striae distensae in medical terms, stretch marks occur
when the skin’s elastin and collagen fibres (which weave through the
dermis, the middle layer of your skin, giving it flexibility and
firmness) split after being expanded beyond their limits. This is
usually a result of rapid weight gain, explains Dr. Lisa Kellett, a
dermatologist in Toronto. Fresh stretch marks are red, purple, reddish
brown to dark brown in colour due to inflammation; more mature marks
have loss of blood flow and usually appear lighter, like scar tissue.
they can make an appearance at any time during or after pregnancy, you
may not notice stretch marks until your pre-baby size reappears, as
weight loss can make them more obvious. They are typically found on
areas with higher skin tension, explains Kellett, including hips,
abdomen, butt, breasts and thighs.
The bottom line: Sorry, girls, once a stretch mark appears,
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Admit it: You’ve always wondered about…
Inverted nipples “They are
fairly common and usually have no critical significance,” says Toronto
dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett. They may make it harder to nurse, but a
lactation consultant can help. If it’s something you’ve never had
before, get it checked out to be safe.
Breakouts If a
woman has acne on her chest, it’s not unusual for a few pimples to
appear on her breasts, says Kellett. For a good and inexpensive spot
treatment, try using benzoyl peroxide.
Tips for Staying Healthy
LEARN PROPER SKINCARE.
The skin on your breasts is very sensitive – especially around erectile
tissues in the nipple area, explains Kellett. Use a baby moisturizer or
one that contains vitamin A (an anti-ager that promotes collagen
production) or vitamin C (good for cellular repair).
EAT WELL. Try foods that are rich in antioxidants, like bright fruits and veggies, to help repair damage to genetic material.
From Glow Magazine, October 2006. To read the entire article please click here
Cosmetics Magazine: Why is taking good care of the skin so
important? And, is it really that important for men?Dr. Lisa
Kellett: The main reason to take care of skin is to preserve
it’s function. The skin is a protective barrier that acts to block radiation,
inhibit water loss, prevent infection, regulate temperature, and it plays an
important role in the immune system. And, it’s a visible organ that reflects
our overall health- many people care for their skin for the sake of appearance.
Good skin care is as important for men as it is for women for the sake of skin
function at least.
Can you suggest a good, basic skin care routine that a man would
actually perform?Dr. Lisa
absolute basic skin care regimen for a man is to wash skin at least once a day
and apply sun block every morning. If he tends to have dry skin, he should use
Cosmetics Magazine: What is the most important aspect of skin care?Dr. Lisa
protection applied every day, year round.
You mentioned earlier that good skin care is as important for men as it
is for women. Have you found that men are becoming more interested in taking
care of their skin?Dr. Lisa
they are, because … Read More »
Heat and humidity can leave skin
shiny, melt makeup and frizz hair. These simple makeup and skincare
strategies can keep you cool all day long.
affected by environmental factors like humidity as well as biological
factors like our monthly hormonal shifts, says Dermatologist Dr. Lisa
Kellett, owner of DLK on Avenue Inc. “In the summertime when it’s
humid, skin tends to be less dry, but it can also be oilier and break
A clean start
For most people, Dr. Kellett recommends an exfoliating
cleanser with beads that help clean out the blackheads caused by
increased moisture and sweat on the skin. Dry skin? Stick with a normal
or milk cleanser that’s not too stripping. Try: Clear Start Cleanser
rids skin of dirt, bacteria and dead skin cells without stripping
Sunblock – your summer moisturizer
“An SPF 25 sunblock is often rich enough so you don’t need a
moisturizer in the summer time,” says Dr. Kellett. If you’re dry,
choose a richer, creamier sunblock. Oily skin should use a water-based,
oil free sunblock. Apply a generous coat, wait half an hour, then
decide if you need a moisturizer or not. Try: Clear Waterproof Crème
SPF 30 great for sensitive skin. Pabafree.
From Canadian Health & Lifestyle Magazine, by Charmaine Gooden, Beauty Expert. To read the entire article please … Read More »